In flashback, New York nightclub pianist Al Roberts hitchhikes to Hollywood to join his girl Sue. On a rainy night, the sleazy gambler he's riding with mysteriously dies; afraid of the police, Roberts takes the man's identity. But thanks to a blackmailing dame, Roberts' every move plunges him deeper into trouble... - IMDB Description
May 4, 2014 Subject:
Amazing, Gritty Tale of Woe
I'm 42 now (2014) and I have loved black and white movies for as long as I can remember. I don't really get TMC anymore, so I've been pretty happy to discover the amount of public domain movies available on the internet.
This one in particular, however, was phenomenal. Although I did figure the initial bookie dying mysteriously was a little hokey...but the dynamic back and forth between our agonizing protagonist and the dame-to-end-all-dames was mesmerizing and visceral.
I'm actually a little sad that I can't rewind time just so I can watch this movie again for the very first time. That's how much I enjoyed it.
April 9, 2014 Subject:
Hi, I'm trying to find a contact for the original copyright holder of this movie. It's not yet in the public domain in the UK and we need to clear a clip! any help would be appreciated. thank you!
August 11, 2012 Subject:
This movie gripped me from start to finish. A story about a poor soul trying to reconnect with a lost love, only to have to experience bad and worst luck on the way.
Noir at it's finest.
August 1, 2011 Subject:
"Detour" Is A Very Powerful Film
I concur that this is one of the best films on the Internet Archive. The acting is good, the plot holds up throughout the film, and the theme of fatalism is paramount. Tom Neal and Ann Savage (the latter not appearing until the middle of the film)play well against each other. This film is well worth watching. I would suggest that the overall theme of fatalism should be kept in mind by the viewers rather than the flaws mentioned in other reviews below. This would be worth viewing in sociology and psychology classes.